Budget: The United States is a complicated thing to
attempt to understand,
"The type of taxes paid varies a lot across the income distribution too. While the bottom half of earners contributed little to the revenue pie in income taxes, they did contribute significantly in payroll taxes. Over 70 percent of the income taxes were paid by people with incomes above $200,000 per year. In contrast, over 70 percent of the payroll taxes were paid by people with incomes below $200,000 annually. "
Here is a website with a pie chart of the 2016 Budget:
Someone has some suggestions:
I posted my plan below and then found someone with a plan that sounds a lot like mine:
My Plan? Lets do some adjusting, OK? Education goes from 3% to 0%. Per the 10th Amendment, States run schools. Want great schools in your state? Demand great schools from your state legislators. 14th Amendment covered equal protection and civil rights, not QUALITY of education, just the FAIRNESS. If a state has a poor commitment to education, it is fairly poor for all. So now we have an extra 3% to spend somewhere else.
Defense and Homeland Security is 16.2% Lets get that down to around 10% How you ask? Per the Congressional Budget Office Defense Budget, about 1/4 of that actually goes towards the men and women uniform.
Great examples of where money gets spent on stuff we do not need instead of the troops themselves:
Other Great examples of waste of money: The man who seduced the 7th Fleet and NCIS Agent Pleads Guilty in International Navy Bribery Scandal
We need to re-prioritize what we feel is important. Two great examples?
"When the money's tight, some jobs don't get done — and those jobs start to pile up. Today, the total backlog of needed maintenance at U.S. national parks is $11.9 billion."
So someone had an idea: America's national parks eye corporate sponsorship to plug funding shortfall
$11.9 Billion... Where could I find $11.9 billion? Hmm... In 2011, Boeing Wins Contract to Build Air Force Tankers
"In a surprise twist to a long-running saga, the Air Force said on Thursday that it would award a $35 billion contract for aerial fueling tankers to Boeing rather than to a European company that builds Airbus planes."
Instead of spending $35 billion for new tankers, why don't we spend less to do maintenance on the ones we have and spend $11.9 billion on our National Parks to get where they need to be? Once we have the Parks back where they should be, our bridges back to being safe, and our other infrastructure repaired (a NEED), then we can look at getting some new tankers (a WANT). Agreed?
Here are the numbers for 2014: $142.3 Billion for Military Personnel. $193.5 Billion in Maintenance and Operation costs. $155.2 Billion in Acquisitions. $10 Billion in smaller appropriations like family house. Total $501.7 Billion. I need to do some more research but at first glance I think we need to raise the first number, for Personnel (give them a raise!), keep the second number but look for savings and any waste, and greatly reduce the third number. We need to spend less on defense contractors and new ways to win wars and more on the people fighting in them. Lets estimate we can save 4% of the budget on Defense and Homeland Security. We are now up to 7% saved.
Lets spend some of that 7%, say 4%, on our VETERANS. Yes, we need to DOUBLE what we spend on our Veterans. We should not need third-party organizations to provide the basic support our nation should give to our troops for their service to our country. What has happened to our veterans in the past few years borders on criminal, Obama 'Madder Than Hell' Over Veterans Issues, Aide Says. We also need to do more for the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, SEAL Legacy Foundation & Ronald Reagan - Soldiers Pledge
Health (28%) and Social Security (23.5%) combine to take over half the budget. I want to look into how we can get those down to 25% and 20% respectively but keep benefits at the same level. Some people want to abolish ObamaCare, but what solution do they offer? Is there a better way? I honestly don't know but I am not afraid to look into other options. Some are promoting a single-payer system. I am not promoting anything but the promise to look into what may or may not be a better answer. It is a hotly debated topic, Debate Sharpens Over Single-Payer Health Care, But What Is It Exactly? that a lot of people don't seem to have a firm grasp on, Six of One - Obamacare vs. The Affordable Care Act. Please check out my Health Care Page.
We absolutely have to do something to make our nation's infrastructure healthier, America's infrastructure: Beams disintegrating under bridges
Currently housing, science and energy are each at 1%. Lets use our savings so far and perhaps double all three of these. Lets create more housing for low-income people, both permanent and transient/temporary. Let spend more on science, investigating the impact of fracking (water quality, air quality, earthquakes?) and global warming. Earthquakes? Oklahoma's rise in quakes linked to man-made causes. Energy: We have made some bad investments there, Solar Energy Delivers Too Little Bang For Billions Invested. What about more investigation into alternative fuels instead? Alternative Fuels Data Center.
I know one thing. Our expenditures needs to start getting closer to our income: Saudi Arabia's big U.S. stake finally revealed